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Benkay Japanese Restaurant

2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
207-773-5555
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Ranked #39 of 531 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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English first
Portland, Maine
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232 reviews 232 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

After careful, but obvious, consideration and numerous visits, and as I previously insinuated, Benkay is the far better choice for...well...everything. Service is always top notch (at Sapporo it's rather spotty) and whether it's sushi, sashimi, or anything cooked, there's no question in this Japanese-food lovers mind (and stomach) Benkay is head and shoulders above. Now if they could only spruce-up,... More

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Gorham, Maine
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

After all these years of living in the Portland area, it took a Groupon deal to finally get us to check out Benkay and I'm glad we did. Whoever wrote the previous review complaining about problems using Groupon just didn't read their voucher ahead of time. The only time you can't use it is after 5pm on Fri-Sat. We arrived... More

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Livermore Falls, Maine
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We enjoyed the food, atmosphere and the not rushed pace of this restaurant. Wait staff were very polite.

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Old Orchard Beach, Maine
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Great food, but would not honor the GC purchased for its full value. Ripped off by $25. They said they wouldn't honor the coupon on the weekend but only allowed us to use the cash value. Then they kept the coupon so we couldnt use the additional $25 at a later date.

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Portland, Maine
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

Another visit to Benkay and as usual, fantastic. Service was great, food very fresh and delicious. Just a great experience. Definitely recommend.

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Ottawa, ON
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This restaurant was just around the corner from our hotel. We ordered a number of different maki rolls. High quality, personable service, and very yummy food. We're pleased we chose Benkay.

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new england
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This is a nice, quiet and peaceful place tucked in a corner a short walk from the heart of Portland. I ordered shrimp tempura, and the appetizer was plenty as a dinner meal. Service was good and quick.

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New York
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158 reviews 158 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

Service had something to be desired. Waitress brought the wrong drinks and then not the entire meals. Tempura was oily. Chicken dish was not very tasty. Would not recommend. On site free parking.

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Snowville, New Hampshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

My wife and I eat here as often as we can when visiting Portland. The soft shell crab and red snapper are especially delightful. Nothing we've ordered has disappointed us. If you enjoy good Japanese food you won't be disappointed either.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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169 reviews 169 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

this is a serious fish place - as in if you like sushi or nigiri, this place is awesome. if you're someone who's into super fancy maki rolls, it may be disappointing. i thought the Baja roll was very tasty with the fresh jalapeños, but the rest of the maki rolls we ordered were just ok. that being said, if... More

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